Month: August 2018

Who’s saying what about Louis CK showing his face in comedy clubs again, after #MeToo

Ten months ago, the long-whispered rumors about Louis CK became reality when The New York Times published on-the-record allegations, followed by a public statement by the award-winning comedian in which he confessed to masturbating in front of female comedians without their consent. Over the weekend, CK showed his face in two comedy clubs. First, Governor’s in Levittown on Long Island; then, late Sunday night, he dropped in unannounced at The Comedy Cellar and performed a 15-minute showcase set. We can certainly go off on a tangent already about the irony of CK not asking or alerting The Comedy Cellar...

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Rain check: Amazon shelves Woody Allen’s last (?) movie?

Every year since 1982’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Woody Allen has directed and released a feature film. Until now. Not only is Allen not working on any projects at the moment, but his most recent film, A Rainy Day In New York — which wrapped in November 2017 — might not get released. Richard Johnson, the dean of the New York Post‘s Page Six gossip section, reported tonight that Amazon has shelved the finished film. Amazon told Johnson now: “No release date has ever been set for the film.” Amazon’s deal with Allen, which included three more movies,...

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Review: Drew Michael (HBO)

I’d watched Drew Michael’s HBO special, interviewed him about it, and written a review for Decider before reading anyone else’s takes on it. And of course, I’d seen Drew perform stand-up multiple times in the past few years, too, so it’s not like his material itself would surprise me. But after watching his hour on HBO, and then reading the other reviews elsewhere, this is the rare case where I don’t really want to share too many of my thoughts with you first. I mean, you can read my review of Drew Michael over at And you can...

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Review: Bert Kreischer, “Secret Time” (Netflix)

If you want to know a lot about Bert Kreischer, then listen to my podcast with him recorded live at Montreal’s Just For Laughs two summers ago. If you want to know why Bert performs shirtless, it’s mostly a party trick that became a habit, and now he’s simply more comfortable that way. As Bert told me recently, Bill Burr said it best after performing with him on a recent lineup at The Comedy Store: “I guess we take the shirt off when it matters.” So of course he’s topless for his first Netflix special, Secret Time. As I described...

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